Toronto library workers reach tentative agreement
Toronto's 2,200 library workers were in a position to strike at 12:01 a.m. today
The Toronto Public Library Workers Union says it has reached a tentative agreement with the Toronto Public Library Board on a new four-year contract.
Maureen O'Reilly, president of local 4948 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Toronto Public Library Workers Union, announced the tentative deal hours after the city's 2,200 library workers passed their strike deadline at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
"This has been a difficult round of bargaining, but our bargaining committee has secured a deal which we believe addresses some of our concerns and allows Toronto's library workers to continue to provide great services in the city's 100 branches," she said.
Toronto's public libraries will be open today and operating with normal hours of service.
The union said ratification is expected to start sometime this week.
O'Reilly said the union will not comment on details of the deal until its members have reviewed and voted on the contract.
The union has been without a contract since Dec. 31, 2015 and bargaining on the new one began in February.
The union said its main issues were wages, job security and precarious work. Half of its members work part-time hours.
Ana-Maria Critchley, spokesperson for the Toronto Public Library Board, said the board is pleased that a tentative agreement has been reached.
She said the board must also ratify the deal at a special library board meeting that will be scheduled now that a tentative deal has been reached.
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